Arts Alliance seeks submissions for Summer Art Show
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, from July 12 to Sept. 5. The gallery is adjacent to the front lobby entrance. The exhibit will recognize local artists with disabilities. The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance, the Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities and the Tri-County Council for this event.
Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities for consideration. The theme of the art show is “Artists Without Limits.” The deadline to submit is June 30 (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include “Special Summer Art Show 2017” in the subject line. The email with submission must include: the artist’s name, mailing address, email address, phone number, biography (halfpage max, in MS-Word), headshot (jpeg), title of the artwork, medium/ materials used and size/ dimensions.
Selections will be made by the Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities. The
Charitable Trust seeking nonprofit survey participants
The Charles County Charitable Trust has launched the Nonprofit Economic and Social Impact Study, which aims to develop a picture of the range and activities of nonprofits and to take measure of their contributions to the local economy and to the community’s quality of life.
The principal tool for the study is an extensive survey, which was mailed out on June 5 to all the county’s nonprofit charitable organizations. The deadline for completing and returning the forms is July 14.
According to Vivian Mills, the trust’s executive director, the survey covers all the relevant areas of nonprofit operations. It asks for information ranging from budget and financial activity to fundraising experience, employment, number of volunteers, use of technology, and marketing efforts. It also invites the respondents to indicate what they see as the major needs in the community and to describe their organization’s particular challenges and accomplishments.
Mills said that, while participation is voluntary, the goal is for a generous response that will assure a realistic picture of the nonprofit sector’s role.
When the results have been compiled and evaluated by the end of summer, the Trust will issue a report for widespread distribution. The data will appear only in aggregate form, omitting identification of the participating organizations.
When asked how the study came about, Mills said that much is known about the two other main sectors — business and government — but all too little is known about the nonprofit realm. It has been growing steadily, here as throughout the country, and at the same time it has been subject to growing demands for services and increasing regulatory oversight and public scrutiny. To find out how it is faring under such pressures, she noted, it is far preferable to collect data from the source itself than to make assumptions.
The Charles County Charitable Trust was incorporated in June 2016 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Its mission is to help improve the effectiveness of the county’s nonprofit sector.
The trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors including Sandra McGraw, Melanie Boston-Holland, Ann Chab, Stephen M. Bunker, Tanisha Sanders, Jessica Talley, and Kurt Wolfgang. Additional information is available at www.charlesnonprofits.org or by contacting the Trust at email@example.com or 301-934-3700.
Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge off-peak flagging to continue
The Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (U.S. 301) across the Potomac River will continue to be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during off-peak hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Overnight flagging operations are also permitted 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Crews are performing work as part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $5.4 million project to repair the substructure and superstructure of the Nice bridge. The project began in spring 2017 and is expected to be complete in early 2019.
Drivers may observe equipment like bridge inspection trucks on the bridge as well as inspectors climbing and moving over the structure. Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations. Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort. Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, no overweight vehicles (80,000-plus pounds) will be permitted to cross the bridge when there is construction on the bridge.
To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, go to mdta.maryland.gov.
Girls on the Run seeks volunteer coaches
Girls on the Run Southern Maryland is looking for two coaches for the newest Charles County site at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary. Meetings will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:15pm. Go to www.gotrsomd.org to sign up to be a coach. Voluntary, but very strongly encouraged, free CPR/ AED/First Aid training is on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Charlotte Hall library from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mandatory coach training is on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall library. Already signed-up coaches will receive a separate and more detailed email mid-July.
CPR, AED, first aid classes held monthly
Southern Maryland CPR & First Aid Training is holding monthly classes for CPR, AED and first aid training in Owings. The classes are open to the public, and include a two-year certification (card issued) in adult, child and infant CPR, AED and First Aid training.
The dates for the classes are: Thursday, July 27, at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m.
For more information, call 443-481-7796, or go to www.somdcpr.com.
Stewart to host ‘Back-to-School’ community event
Kick off the school year with Charles County Commissioners’ Vice President Amanda M. Stewart (D) at her third annual “Back-to-School” Community Fiesta on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mattawoman Middle School, 10145 Berry Road, Waldorf. All ages are invited to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“The Community Fiesta is a great opportunity for students to have fun while learning,” Stewart said in a press release. “I encourage students to invite their friends and family, and join me as we kick start the new school year.”
The “Back-to-School” Community Fiesta will focus on saying no to bullying, drugs, and texting and driving. During the event, children will have the opportunity to sign pledges to “say no.” Several learning opportunities will be available, including self-defense and handson CPR demonstrations. Non-profits, local businesses, and state agencies will provide safety and health information and resources for parents.
Raffles, giveaways, and light refreshments will be available. The first 200 children present will receive a backpack.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from gold to titanium levels. Sponsors must complete the sponsorship levels and commitment form by Saturday, July 29. Those interested in monetary donations must complete the Receipt for Cash Donations Form. Both forms can be downloaded at http://conta.cc/2uJYbuQ and returned via email to StewartEvents@CharlesCountyMD.gov.
For more information or interest in volunteering at the event, email StewartEvents@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Volunteer assignment training dates are Wednesday, July 19 and Saturday, July 22. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.